Editor's note: The new Honda Civic will not offer a hatchback in the U.S. An earlier version incorrectly referred to a hatchback version.
LOS ANGELES -– Just about 18 months after the Civic's 2012 model year redesign hit the market, Honda is launching a mid-cycle change for the compact sedan and coupe.
The 2012 Civic's interior layout and materials were widely panned by critics at the time, although the nameplate has continued to sell well, with U.S. deliveries up 39 percent this year through October to 254,716.
Honda released images of a reskinned Civic today, although the interior of the car will not be publicly displayed until the car's official unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Nov. 29.
The refreshed 2013 model will go on sale the same day.
Typically, Honda has run the Civic on a five-year cycle, with a freshening after the third model year. But the 2012 version was criticized for its interior plastics and layout that Honda engineers went on a crash-course revision ordered by Honda Motor CEO Takanobu Ito.